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La leyenda de la piedra (The Chronicles of Master Li and Number Ten Ox #2)

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El maestro Li, el mejor detective de toda China, y su ex cliente y actual ayudante Buey Número Diez se enfrentan a un nuevo caso. Buey es un campesino de corazón puro, y Li un viejo erudito... con un ligero defecto en su carácter.

En el monasterio del Valle de las Penas, el bibliotecario ha aparecido asesinado mientras trabajaba en un antiguo pergamino que además ha sido ro
Paperback, 245 pages
Published 2008 by Alamut (first published 1988)
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Aug 08, 2015 Carol. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of myths, storytelling

In a review of Hell Is Empty, I noted a story told by Virgil White Buffalo, that ended with Walt Longmire asking, “‘And the moral of the story is?’
He raised an eyebrow, and it was as if the dent in his forehead was looking to dig deeper. ‘What is it with you white people and morals? Maybe it’s just a story about what happened.’”

And that is the essence of Master Li stories. They are old myths, storytelling at the knee of a master; the advanced version of What Happened that Time on the Mountain. M
Anoop Pai B
Ah. Another adventure down with the eccentric Master Li, a genuis but with a slight flaw in his character and his former client now accomplice Number Ten Ox,as they set forth to solve a murder that seems to have been committed by a prince who has been dead for over seven hundred years!
What seems like a supernatural story, which could be laughing ridiculously at the intellect of the reader for believing the premise, ends up being nothing short of a Conan Doyle masterpiece or a Agatha Christie gem
I hate to do this, I really do. I loved Bridge of Birds A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was but I just can't get into this one. I'm reading an ebook and am 72% done and just don't care what happens. I've been trying to finish this book for a month now and just can't force myself to sit down and read.

I've learned that I need character growth and development instead of just a story. I was hoping to learn more about Number 10 Ox & Master Li in this book but while they are the main chara
Melissa McShane
Darker in tone and content than Bridge of Birds, The Story of the Stone links two mysteries, both about evil, where it comes from and how it can be overcome. The title and the legend of the stone the book is centered on come from the classic 18th century novel Dream of the Red Chamber, continuing Hughart's tradition of drawing on actual Chinese history and mythology. However, the actual plot is all Hughart's invention, which means it has insane zombie princes, secret identities, a trip to Hell, ...more
Carl Nelson
Barry Hughart's great trick is to make me think I'm reading a convoluted story based on an intricate plot and lovably irredeemable characters, and in the last few pages I realize I'm reading a poignant, beautiful myth that relates both the best and worst of human nature. Hughart relies on good-natured humor to great effect; "The Story of the Stone" has many humorous elements but is never slapstick. Master Li and Number Ten Ox continue to delight, with witty banter and a good deal of heart.

In this book Barry Hughart continues the exploration of Chinese history and myth that he started in Bridge of Birds. Unlike that first book, the Story of the Stone is more concerned with the myths and the philosophy, and is less humorous and good natured.

It is still a pleasant read, even if it tries to be a bit didactic at times, and the two recurring characters are as lovable as ever, if a bit more bloodthirsty.

Recommended for those who like their myths with a different taste.
Бранимир Събев
"Класическите истини все още са валидни, класическите ценности все още определят рамките на нашето поведение, а класическите стандарти все още предпазват света от разпадане." Как може да се пишат толкова уникално добри книги?
Kelly Flanagan
what a great book. If you are looking for something with a smidgin of humor; a taste of the supernatural and a boatload of mystery, read Barry Hughart's books. Although I was unable to get my hands on a copy of the first book - Bridge of Birds: A Novel of an Ancient China That Never Was - but if it is anything like the second I'd recommend it right away.
Susan Ferguson
I really like these books and wish there were more than 3. They contain the charming tone of an old Chinese fairytale, but with a biting sense of humor and their own wisdom. This one concerns a stone that was part of the wall beween heaven and the world and it is flawed. This flawed stone has come to earth as a temptation to ambitious people. There is, of course, the complicated and mythically allegorical back story which old Master Li (surname Li, personal name Kao, with a flaw in my character) ...more
The Story of the Stone is a far more complex novel than Bridge of Birds and is all the better for it. I read this a couple of times as a teen, but always preferred Bridge of Birds. On rereading for the first time in probably 20 years or so, the complexity of the story is what makes this a winner. The characters of Master Li and Number Ten Ox are far more complex, and their travelling companions are also well drawn.

For me, the best bit of the story is the journey through hell (facilitated by magi
Imagine Robert van Gulik's Judge Dee novels with a touch of the supernatural and a less economical presentation. The Story of the Stone by Barry Hughart has that type of feel. Obviously a sequel to The Bridge of Birds which included these same characters--the inscrutable Master Li and his man-mountain servant, Number 10 Ox. Dungeons & Dragons: Oriental Adventures players would be tempted to develop the latter from the Rogue class. To be as big as Ox is, you'd expect a rather dull and unintel ...more
Maron Anrow
I started this book on a flight at the beginning of a vacation, and then I barely touched it for two weeks (due to that vacation). I had a hard time focusing on the thread of the plot at times, and I'm not sure if that's because of the writing or if I was simply easily distracted whenever reading.

There were definitely some laugh out loud moments in the book, and I loved the setting and characters. This was a "fun romp" like Bridge of Birds, but not to the same degree. (BoB was a little more fren
It was great to read more about Master Li and Number Ten Ox's exploits, but I can't help feeling like it didn't quite live up to its predecessor.

While Bridge of Birds is more of a traditional fantasy adventure, The Story of the Stone ends up more like a murder mystery. While investigating an apparent forgery, the protagonists come upon the scene of a killing, along with hints that the killer may be the Laughing Prince, a long since deceased despot.

The premise is interesting, but the story that f
Malheureusement, j'ai lu ce tome après avoir lu Huit honorables magiciens, la faute sans doute à une mauvaise identification des tomes par Folio SF.
En tout cas, je m'attendais à ne pas forcément tout comprendre, tout en étant ébahi, et figurez-vous que je l'ai été.
Maître Li et Boeuf numéro dix enquêtent donc dans ce roman sur la mort mystérieuse de deux moines dans un monastère reculé. Et si l'enquête commence vaguement comme un mystère de la chambre close, elle s'écarte très rapidement et tout
Me pasa con Barry Hughart y su serie del Maestro Li y Buey Nmero Diez un poco lo que me ocurri Jonathan Carroll, otro novelista con quien Hughart guarda ms de uno y dos puntos en comn. Descubr a ambos con una novela divertidsima, de las que hacen aficin ("Bridge of Birds" en el primer caso, "El pas de las risas" en el segundo) y luego he ido yendo de decepcin en decepcin, buscando las emociones que encontr en aquellas irrepetibles primeras novelas.

En el caso que nos ocupa, Hughart construye una
Ignacio Senao f
-Historia: 5. Si bien que haya un asesinato supuestamente por una persona que murió hace mucho, y que encima ocurra sucesos “inexplicables” debe ser atrayente. La solución y su desarrollo es común y utiliza la fantasía para la explicación (camino fácil).
-Narración: 5. El empleo de nombres de animales, cosas, adjetivos para referirse a personas y lugares hace que nos hagamos una idea de cómo es, pero también el caos nos abraza.
-Ambientación: 5. Salvo por algunas leyendas orientales que meten, no
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There is so much going on in this story, guys, so much.
As The Bridge of Birds, this book is impeccably written. The folk tale cues are all there as well, and it is as fun to read as the first book. Yet, somehow, it didn't felt as good.
I think it was the fact that the story wasn't as urgent, or maybe it was the way there was setting information essential to solving the puzzle, but which the reader had no access to, meaning there was no way you could solve it besides watching Master Li work. I p
'La leyenda de la piedra' es el segundo libro (de lectura totalmente independiente) de las Crónicas del Maestro Li. En el primer libro, 'Puente de pájaros', se nos daba a conocer a tan singular personaje, un viejo erudito con un ligero defecto de carácter, dedicado a esclarecer enigmas imposibles, y a su cliente Buey Número Diez, un campesino que ahora pasa a ser su ayudante. Esta nueva historia, como la primera, está narrada por Buey, que ejerce de cronista de las aventuras del maestro Li, part ...more
A friend loaned me this book as she knows how much I like China and said it was a mystery using the characters from Hong lou meng (A dream of red mansions/The story of the stone). Unfortunately there were SOOO many HUGE historical inacuracies I wasn't able to get more than 36 pages into it before I had to give up! First, there was a problem with the year on page 3. He said it was "The year of the serpent 3,339 (650) AD". Chinese dates have never been given in thousands of years, but would be giv ...more
Andrew Lasher
Hughart has another great read in The Story of the Stone. While it isn't quite as good as the first book in the series (Bridge of Birds) it is still very worthwhile.

These books somehow manage to be both incredibly violent and incredibly sweet at the same time. I'm not sure how the author manages it, but there were several times where beheadings were occurring and I was thinking about how nice it all seemed. Doesn't make sense? Try the book and you will see.

The only reason that I didn't rate thi
The first time I read through Barry Hughart's trilogy, I remember loving Bridge of Birds, but being disappointed in the other two. I suppose I'll speak to Eight Skilled Gentlemen later, but after reading this book, I understand my disappointment, but at the same time enjoyed this title far more than I recall doing so.

One of the most enjoyable aspects of Bridge of Birds was the amusing coincidences. Master Li and Number Ten Ox would escape the clutches of some villain or another, only to bump int
I like to think of myself as "pragmatic," and those friends of mine who have known me longest tend to agree. When I say I'm pragmatic, I tend to mean that I like to see the silver lining in every cloud, but I'm not blind to the fact that there is still a cloud, and so I prepare for rain. I prefer walking this middle line between out-and-out optimism and out-and-out negativity, because I know the benefits of seeing both sides of the same coin. In the general living of my life, I walk that middle ...more
I thought this book was every bit as good as the first one, which is saying a whole lot of wonderful things.

The characters, the setting, the little asides (I love little asides, especially when they turn out to be important), and the surprises that I should've seen coming -- that make sooo much sense once they've been explained -- all together make this such a great book. I still can't pick any other book or author and say "It's a lot like this," because it's not a lot like anything else.

"I've n
Not quite as good as Bridge of Birds, but still worth reading. It didn't have quite the same amount of charm, but I am happy to once again see Master Li and Number Ten Ox having adventures. Once again, it's a mystery that turns into a mythological quest, and then abruptly jumps back to being a mystery at the end.

I actually enjoyed the supporting characters here very much, possibly more than the ones in Bridge of Birds -- Grief of Dawn and Moon Boy (especially Moon Boy, okay) made excellent sidek
I have read multiple reviews that basically say "his book is good, but it wasn't as good as his first book." My opinion n that is that the first book has real heart, and that is a difficult shoe to fill. Every single character in Bridge of Birds has something to share of themselves and most had a story to tell. Even those who you thought were just a minor character became someone you could sympathize with (my personal favourite character was Doctor Death).

I think where this book has trouble rea
in Puzzle wird gelöst, Stein für Stein...

Kann ein Nachfolger zu so einem großartigen Werk wie Bridge of Birds an den Vorgänger anknüpfen? Ja, es kann.

Begeisterte "Bridge of Birds" durch eine ganz einmalige Kombination von intelligenter, komplexer Geschichte und humorvoller Karikaturisierung der chinesischen Sagen- und Literaturwelt, so wird dieses Muster auch im vorliegenden Werk weitergeführt. Die Hauptpersonen sind immer noch genauso spektakulär unseriös, die Geschichte verwirrend, der Humor a
Akos Hochrein
Okay, so here's the deal: In short, the book was great, and whoever you are, you should read it.

... but.

There's a reason I've only marked it as a 3 star piece. Somehow I felt, that the first part of the trilogy - "A Bridge of Birds" - is so much better than this, that I cannot give a better review to it. The supporting characters didn't catch my interest as much as in the first book, they received much more detail regarding their background, but the beautiful simplicity of the first book was los
Book two in this trilogy had all the same wonderful mythical fantasy, fairy tale elements, and wry commentary of the first novel, but a little less of the magic when it came to mystery. This time around, I had knowledge of Hughart's style, so it was much easier to figure out the clues and predict the reveals, and therefore it was decidedly less impressive when he tied it all together at the end. Many of the major plot points are almost exact copies of the first story, such as (view spoiler) ...more
I found this volume a little more confusing than Bridge of Birds, but in the end I think I liked it a little more. Hughart maintains the same faux-fairy tale tone which I really enjoy. The way characters and coincidence weave in and out makes the story feel older than it really is. Some of the coincidences get a little hard to believe, but the tone makes this forgivable.

What I really enjoyed about the book though was the way it played with gender and sexuality. reGrief of Dawn and Moon Boy just
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Hughart was educated at Phillips Academy (Andover). He attended Columbia University where he obtained a bachelor's degree in 1956.
Upon his graduation from Columbia, Hughart joined the United States Air Force and served from 1956 to 1960 where he was involved in laying mines in the Korean Demilitarized Zone. During Hughart's military service he began to develop his lifelong interest in China that l
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